Summer Workshop in International Organization Studies
“Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives”

July 19 – July 27, 2013
Vienna, Austria

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Workshop Summary
Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation: Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives, a summary of presentations written by  Hisae Kawamori

View the participants’ papers.

Program Theme and Policy Relevance
For 2013, the ACUNS-ASIL Summer Workshop on International Organization Studies (SWIOS ’13) engages
with the subject of “Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation: Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives”.

Topics that are anticipated as being addressed in the Workshop lectures, participants’ presentations and discussions include (but are not limited to): the development, agreement and implementation or reinforcement of norms, policies, treaties and laws/regulations around nuclear security and safety related to both military and peaceful nuclear programs e.g. START, NPT, CTBT, Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, Nuclear Suppliers Group; the lessons of general and specific historical ‘problem cases’ (countries, regions, technological or other developments) for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and their political, policy and technological solutions, including the relationship between nuclear and conventional arms ‘imbalances of power’ in different regional contexts; the national, regional and global challenges posed by decommissioning, disaster mitigation, and the threats of nuclear terrorism and co-called ‘rogue states’; the roles, interests and agendas of national governments, international organizations, the private sector, individual leaders and experts, NGOs, civil society movements, and the media in creating knowledge and awareness of, and support for, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation initiatives such as nuclear-weapons-free zones; and north-south and south-south cooperation in utilizing nuclear technology for peaceful applications including sustainable development priorities (agriculture and food security, resources management, health care, energy and power generation). Applicants also are invited to propose other relevant topics as appropriate in their applications.

The SWIOS13 will take place in Vienna, and is intended to include meetings and guest lectures, site visits and/or other forms of exchanges, with several related Vienna-based international bodies and agencies including the IAEA, CTBTO PrepCom, UNIDO, UNIS, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP). Visiting speakers also may come from relevant Austrian government ministries, national UN missions, the Diplomatic Academy and other specialists. Where possible, the revised research papers of participants, or summaries of the discussions, will be made available following the workshop through the ACUNS web site and global network of scholars and practitioners.

Learning Objectives
Participants in the workshop will gain scholarly and practice-based knowledge and applied skills in the analysis of a number of issue areas related to the workshop theme. In some measure, the specific issue areas will be determined by the research proposals of the selected participants, but more broadly the themes and skill-sets to be addressed may be anticipated to include (but not be limited to):

  • The complex and varying nature of the interrelationships between political, economic, legal and technological aspects of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation governance at national, intergovernmental and non-governmental levels, and across military and civilian policy sectors;
  • The current ‘state of knowledge’ regarding progress towards achieving full compliance with the treaties, programs and objectives of core agencies (IAEA, CTBTO PrepCom) and other relevant actors;
  • Climate change and nuclear technology and power;
  • Identifying and reflecting upon, the “lessons learned” from the sharing of innovative proposals, ideas, and practices, between and among the next generation of scholars and practitioners, and how these best might be used to promote positive policy outcomes

Through presentations by young scholars and practitioners, case studies, guided research, special lectures and innovative pedagogies geared towards post-graduate level professionals, this workshop will encourage participants to improve their own skills and capacities for engaging constructively at different stages and in varying environments in the complex but critical areas of the governance of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and the peaceful applications of nuclear technology.